DIGITAL EDITION   No. 107   January 7, 2015     EDITOR: Kris Anderson  PHOTOGRAPHER: Kris Anderson

Our Program for January 14th:

Steve-Olsen-Will-Haymaker-Barbara-Betton-Yale-Abrams-Bill-RousseauThis week’s meeting will introduce a new initiative by our expanded Membership Committee. Matt Fannin will share some ideas about improving our member retention and bringing in new Rotarians. In addition, President Mark promises a surprise announcement and challenge.


Wednesday, January 21st: Carrie Cader Ludke
Wednesday, January 28th:
Public Safety Awards
Wednesday, February 4th:
Bob Rubin – Storyteller


Visit our district at:
Check out Rotary International at:
Come see us at:


President Mark Burchill opened the meeting with Cathy Vicini leading us with the Pledge and Joel De Silva saying a prayer. Joel did say he was going to “ask God to bless our food, but it is a little bit beyond blessing!”


Bill Gunter a geologist from Park City Utah was back for a visit. It looks like he and his wife will be moving to our area in the near future!


Kim Graves from Safe at Home was the guest of Mark Burchill, Mira Wonderwheel from Friend’s House was the guest of Peter Holewinski (she is also interested in joining Rotary), Dennis Ball was the guest of Karen Ball, Carly Ortiz from Linkenheimer LLP CPA’s was the guest of Cecil Humes, Karen Johnson from Café Mocha was the guest of Jim Johnson.

Rotarian of the month, Julia Parranto with President Mark Burchill

Rotarian of the month, Julia Parranto with President Mark Burchill


Our Rotarian of the Month has been a member of the club for six years. In that time, she has consistently stepped up to the plate to help whenever and wherever she was asked. In the past, she has chaired the 4-Way Test committee.

She has taken on major responsibility for the Ridership Committee at the GiroBello. Increased ridership is the key to the continued success of the GiroBello.

Just last month she had her hands full organizing the bell-ringing, and, as a one-person committee, took full responsibility to organize and pull off a successful Children’s Christmas Party.

Recently, she agreed to serve as your President for the 2017-2018 Rotary year.

Please join me in honoring our Rotarian of the Month, Julia Parranto!


Chip Rawson has a hands-on project out at the Laguna de Santa Rosa foundation that he would like to do this Friday. He needs 3-4 people to help.

Cathy Vicini announced the next social will be at her new tasting room on January 16th 5:00 to 7:00. The location is on the corner of 7th and Humboldt streets here in Santa Rosa.

Ted Wilmsen was handing out the dictionary assignments and said the dictionaries would be here next week.   Please call your schools and set up appointments to deliver.


Ray Dorfman was the only recognition this week. He sold his company at the end of last year and is now retired. He gave a donation of $50 to both the John Brown fund and the Jack Levar fund.


The late C.R. Snyder defined “what” as the essential process of linking oneself to potential success.  (page 25)

Ray Dorfman - Emcee Extraordinnaire!

Ray Dorfman – Emcee Extraordinaire!


Once a year we get together, act like a bunch of whiners and play Trivial Pursuit. As much as our perpetual emcee Ray Dorfman pleads, we still act like a bunch of babies.

The rules: No Pissing or Moaning (rule broken immediately!)

Choose a captain. This person is the only one who can announce the group answer

Each team can get one answer wrong. You are out with the second wrong answer.

I won’t go into the details of all the piss-moaning, but there was a lot! The winning team was table 7: Julia Parranto, Greg Johnston, Jeff Gospe, Dan Bornstein, Wayne Rowlands, Robbie Fouts, and Dick Jensen. They all took home $30.

Second place team was table 5: Craig Meltzner, Debi Zaft, Judy Glenn, Rich de Lambert, Jim and Karen Johnson, Dan Schell, Paul Hamilton, Eileen Carlisle, and Jack Tolin.

The winning table

The winning table




Rotary Club of Santa Rosa Officers

President: Mark Burchill, President Elect: Doug Johnson, President Elect Nominee: Jose Guillen, Past President: Peggy Soberanis, Secretary: Jack Abercrombie, Treasurer: Cecil G. Humes, Sergeant at Arms: Jack Geary

President Rotary International

Gary C.K. Huang, member of the Rotary Club of Taipei, Taiwan

Governor, District 5130

Kevin Eisenberg, member of the Rotary Club of Calistoga

Attendance Secretary

Jack Abercrombie P.O. Box 505 Santa Rosa, CA 95402 707-538-4770

Board of Directors

Karen Ball, Tim Delaney, Debra Dorfman, Tim Fawcett, Bill Hatcher, John McHugh, Jack Tolin, Cathy Vicini